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Threat of legal action on Fiverr

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by cevman1, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Long story short, I purchase intro video templates and edit them up to look original and then re-sell them on Fiverr. A Guy who joined Fiverr 20 minutes ago, I assume to message me sent me this

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    [COLOR=#7B715C][FONT=Helvetica]You have been reported to videohive.net for reselling without a reseller's license! [/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#7B715C][FONT=Helvetica]Good luck with the lawsuit! [/FONT][/COLOR]
    [COLOR=#7B715C][FONT=Helvetica]We are cranking down you guy guys![/FONT][/COLOR]
    What you guys think, anything to be worried about or just a competitor trying to take me out considering he joined the site 20 minutes ago?
     
  2. Th3T3chGuy

    Th3T3chGuy Senior Member

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    "We are cranking down you guy guys!" - Nuff said.
     
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  3. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Lmao, my thoughts exactly
     
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    There's your answer.
     
  5. rugbyjack2005

    rugbyjack2005 Power Member

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    hehe, it is hardly a letter from a solicitor!
     
  6. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Thanks guys, I guess its just paranoia because I was thinking the other day I wonder how long I can get away with it, so its just an odd coincidence
     
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    haha "guy guys" Write to him and ask him to explain what a heck a "guy guys" is!
     
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    Nakolce Newbie

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    Don't answer him because Fiverr can detect the link from site and ban your account
     
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    If it were the owner of the site/content or a lawyer, why would they go out of their way to contact you on Fiverr to let you know they were pursuing a lawsuit? If they really were going to do something, their lawyer would mail you something about the legal action. It's either a competitor or someone that's pissed at you for some reason. Not to mention, anyone who was professional enough to sue you for not having a reseller license, would be able to type a clear message and the message would be a lot more professional. If you are doing something illegal, I'd get out before you run into any legal issues, since you're only making around $4 per gig after it's all said and done.
     
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  10. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Okay thanks, that's sound advice. Right now I have all the gigs suspended, (I know that doesn't mean they arnt visible if someone really wants to see the activity on my account), but it helps. I'm not exactly sure of the effort someone would actually put in to take legal action against someone using templates purchased from other sites, but hell who knows. Some of these gigs have been up for 1+ year so am I pushing my luck or have nothing to worry about, just deciding whether I'm better off deleting them and using templates distributed to the public for free, but of course those won't sell as well and will be saturated.
     
  11. ssd1234

    ssd1234 Junior Member

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    There is no need to worry. They wont do anything and even if they did anything the worst thing that could happen is gig can be denied by fiverr if they complain to fiverr for selling copyrighted stuff. So dont worry and resume ur gig as your competitor want you you to suspend the gig and to scare u
     
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  12. LovervsFighter

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    I had a similar germ try and stand over me on Fiverr a couple of weeks ago. He threatened legal this and legal that, started to make demands and so on. As it was my first time dealing with this sort of threat, I spoke to a BHW mate of mine and he told me to ignore it. The situation was similar to yours - a gig that was pushing the limits of copyright infringement and a user/buyer who had only just signed up to the site. I've come to discover that trolls aren't just people who like to abuse and put people down - apparantly there is also a specific breed of troll - the 'rent-a-cop troll.' These are the knobs whom take to sites like Fiverr as if they're some virtual version of Batman - cleaning up the streets of Fiverr. Nine times out of ten, however, these jerks are probably taking part in things than are just as questionable as your Fiverr gig, although, from their high horse, they feel as if they have the right to abuse/threaten and freak you out. The main reason I responded to this thread was because I did have this happen to me - only a few weeks ago - and I'm man enough to say that initally it rattled me - a lot. It wasn't until my mate talked me through it and pointed out things like - worst case scenario, your fiverr gig/account gets banned (because with every $1 commission Fiverr takes, they're also getting their hands on some dirty, copyright-infringing money too, so they're not exactly going to quickly whip around and rat you out to any authority aren't they?,) that I took a deep breath and calmed down. If you like - take this as a sign and leave the gig suspended for a little while until the heat dies down. Personally, I removed my gig entirely. It was walking a fine line and had made me $600 glorious passive income dollars over 12 months so I figured it had run its course. Sometimes, you need to weigh up risk verses reward on a case-by-case basis. If you're happy walking the copyright infringement tightrope for $4 at a time, then continue on. If not, onward and upward, my friend!
     
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  13. rashri

    rashri Junior Member

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    You should report to Fiverr about that user !!

    I do that all the time ..lol
     
  14. cevman1

    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Thank you very much for sharing your similar story with me, this is also my first case dealing with something like this, like i said, 2-3 of these gigs have remained up for 1+ year with zero issues. The one thing that got to me was that he knew the source website of where the content was from. Other than that he took about 4 seconds to write the message with his "we are cranking you guys guys" line and I'm sure he continued his crusade targeting other sellers similar to myself, I'll give it a little while and resume each one bit by bit for now. However it is probably just about time to move on from Fiverr now that I've made some decent start-up cash and look into new methods ect. I appreciate your advice and certainly feel a bit better about the whole ordeal!
     
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    Delete and move on. This guy is trolling you
     
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    What a joke.
     
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    cevman1 Regular Member

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    Appreciate your input everyone, it just caught me off guard and I appreciate all of your guy's advice, now I see the sincere stupidity of this guy (besides his grammar issues) and feel bad I even gave it a second thought :rolleyes:
     
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    Yes, bad grammar is always a tell tale sign
     
  19. John_SE

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    ehehe... di you get any lawsuit yet?
     
  20. Amsterdammer

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    I could be wrong here but doesn't any lawsuit start with a cease&desist?
    Deleting the gig is empowering the troll to continue its work. Let it run into a brick wall and report it for threatening you like suggested.
    As far as you know you made your own template, nothing wrong with that and if a lawyer ever tells you to stop, you do...

    Just my 2 eurocents.

    Brings back memories of "Pay me 100K now or me and my 4 Don friends will kill ya!" lmao!
     
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